Marvellous Mini Comes to Charterhouse

The owner of a Mini, which was given to her when she was just 17 in 1981, is looking for a new home in the Charterhouse online auction of classic cars on Wednesday 11th November.

“The ownerdecided that after nearly 40 years of ownership it is time to let someone else enjoy the car.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Classic Mini’s remain hugely popular with enthusiasts. Over the years we have had some great success selling Mini’s like the garage stored 1965 Mini Cooper S sold in our last online classic car auction for £28,600.”

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Marvellous Motorcycles

There are some marvellous motorcycles going under the Charterhouse hammer in their online auction of classic and vintage motorbikes on Wednesday 28th October.

“There are some great pre and post war motorbikes from barn stored basket cases to perfect concours condition motorcycles.” Commented Richard Bromell. “We have had entries from up and down the country. This combined with estimated from £500 to £30,000 means there will be something of interest for every motorbike enthusiast.”

For those looking for a winter restoration project, a shed in Devon has given up a quartet of motorcycles all being sold without reserve including a 1964 Triumph 3TA. This should be a rewarding project and is estimated at £500-700.

For fans of pre-war motorcycles a 1930 AJS Model R12 twin port, a rare 250cc bike totally restored to original specification is valued at £6,000-7,000. From the same owner, in Maidenhead, is a 1951 Velocette MAC 350. Restored to concours condition, this is ready to be enjoyed estimated at £7,000-8,000.

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Full of Eastern Promise

A Chinese box and cover, estimated to sell for thousands of pounds, has been discovered by Charterhouse at a client’s house after a lockdown sort out.

“The owner moved home several years ago and during the Coronavirus lockdown finally unpacked the last few remaining boxes.” Commented Richard Bromell. “There was silver and other small antiques which lay hidden underneath the bed gathering dust. However, for me it was the Chinese red box which stood out like a sore thumb heads and shoulders above all the other items.”

The Chinese heart shaped box and cover is estimated to sell for £2,000-4,000 in the Charterhouse specialist auction of Asian Art in their two day auction on 5th & 6th November.

Made of red cinnabar lacquer, it has survived travelling 1,000’s of miles, numerous house moves and two World Wars in pretty good condition with a just few chips.

Lacquer has been used in China for at least 3,000 years. The technique of carving into very thick coatings appears to have been developed in the 12th century. It is extremely time-consuming to produce, and has always been a luxury product, essentially restricted to China although imitated in Japanese lacquer in somewhat different styles.

Today the demand for Chinese red lacquer is high not only from China, but also collectors from Europe and America. With all Charterhouse auctions being online, the auctioneers are expecting the bidding to be fast and furious from around the world for all the lots.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for their autumn programme of auctions including classic and vintage motorcycles on 28th October, Asian Art, silver, jewellery & watches with on 5th & 6th November with classic and vintage cars on 11th November.


For further information regarding these auctions, or to make a Covid-19 safe home visit, contact Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email images to Richard on



Covered in dust and hidden away under a bed, a Chinese red lacquered box and cover £2,000-4,000 in the Charterhouse Asian Art auction 5th & 6th November

Little Mini Sells for a Lot

A 1965 Mini Cooper S, which had lain in a Derbyshire garage for nearly 50 years, sold for £28,600 in the Charterhouse auction of classic cars on 23rd September.

“Everyone loves a project, especially one which has been squirreled away for decades.” Commented Richard Bromell.

The Mini Cooper S was last on the road in 1973 when it was driven into its garage. It lay dormant here until being discovered by the executors in 2020 after the owner passed away.

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Manor House Contents at Auction

The contents of a Somerset Manor house are being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne in their two day auction on Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd October.

“It is a beautiful looking property which in part dates back to the 15th century.” Commented Richard Bromell. “We were invited to the house, which is near Bridgwater, to advise on disposing of the contents as a family member ad moved into care and the house was being sold.”

Removed to the Charterhouse salerooms in

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120 Year Old Benz Engine Found in a Barn

A Benz engine, dating to the infancy of the motor car, has been discovered by Charterhouse Auctioneers and entered into their online auction of classic and vintage cars on Wednesday 23rd September.

“It is one of the most exciting motoring related discoveries I have made in 35 years of being an auctioneer.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Over the decades I have sold classic and vintage cars from Rolls-Royces to Reliants but never

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Garage Stored Classic Cars at Charterhouse

Two classic cars, a Mini Cooper and a Golf GTI, both garage stored offer enthusiasts an unusual choice in the Charterhouse online auction of classic cars on Wednesday 23rd September.

“Names which always stir the hearts of classic car collectors are Mini Coopers and VW Golf GTI’s.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Although we have sold many such motors, it is unusual to see both in the same auction in completely different conditions as the GTI is mint with very

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Beautiful Bentley Comes to Charterhouse

A classic 1950 Bentley saloon is entered into the Charterhouse online auction of classic and vintage cars on Wednesday 23rd September.

“Any classic Bentley is a piece of British motoring history and this saloon is no exception.” Commented Richard Bromell. “With its super smooth lines and super smooth 6 cylinder engine this was the gentleman driver’s choice over its sibling Rolls-Royce back in the day.”

The Bentley was supplied to its first owner

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Priddy Pub Auction

The contents of the New Inn, Priddy near Bristol, is being sold online by Charterhouse on Saturday 29th August at 10am

“This is a great opportunity to buy some fabulous country furniture and decorative items from the pub.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Situated on the village green at Priddy, it is just a stone’s throw away from Bristol and just down the road from Bath and we will be expecting to see private buyers from across the area looking to bag a special bargain or two.”

The New Inn at Priddy is

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Star Motorcycles

There is a huge selection of classic, vintage and race motorcycles in the Charterhouse online motorcycle on Thursday 27th August.

“There are bikes big and small, old and new, working and projects.” Commented Richard Bromell. “And there are also a couple of motorcycles with star pedigree Top Gear such as a Ducati previously owned by two Top Gear Presenters and a TT wining Yamaha.”

The Ducati 851 was originally bought by the Top Gear presenter James May in 1991. He sold this 851 to his co-presenter Richard Hammond who

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